Black | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Allagash Black is a Belgian style stout brewed with 2 Row barley, torrified wheat, oats, both roasted and chocolate malt and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar. The silky mouth feel is a great balance to the roasted character, coffee and dark chocolate notes expressed throughout this beer.

Added by Bassetdawg on 12-14-2007

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with garnet highlights when held to light and a huge fluffy beige head that persists forever. I can smell chocolate, caramel, and spicy wheat with a bit of pepper and a hint of oxidation. Light sweet fruits mixed with a bit of yeasty funk and fruitiness round out the nose well. The flavor is chocolate and caramel up front followed by a huge ashy and then oxidized taste that seems odd. Light fruit and yeasty phenols sweep in to mop that up then a chocolatey roasty ashy flavor lingers long into the finish of every sip. Medium body with a high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This one isn't bad, it actually grew on me through the glass, but I'm not sure I'd grab it again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking textured head.

Smells... Belgian.

The taste is an odd mix of stouty char, divorced from the other usual elements of a stout, and Belgian style yeasty sweet mild. The yeast, or maybe the whole candi-sweetened Belgian dark ale profile wins out. So it comes across as more of a Belgian ale that somebody accidentally spilled some black malt into. Those two components don't seem to come together very well.

Some combination of mouthfeel and taste comes across kind of weak and diluted.

It's not offensive but I kind of don't want to finish the rest of the pack. You can tell the skill was there in the separate elements. It's just the overall composition and blending of the elements that was lacking.

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Black from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2,699 ratings